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Facebook wants you to hang out with your friends in VR

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Theresa Hayes | 19 April, 2017, 00:29

Facebook has launched its first social virtual reality (VR) product in beta called Facebook Spaces. Oculus, once the household name in the VR space, was sold to Facebook for $2 billion a few years back, and today the social network finally revealed what everyone knew would happen sooner or later: a virtual reality Facebook app.

Once the avatar is complete, users can bring friends-assuming they have Rifts-into their space, where they can together look at things like videos or photos, much like friends would do on their couch at home, Booth explains.

Users can create an identity for themselves that represents their real self in Facebook spaces. Whether you want to show off your latest 3D drawing masterpiece, play an fantastic 360 video your friend would love, or just spend time chatting, it's one of the best ways to be in the moment together, from anywhere.

On Tuesday, we saw the future of virtual reality on Facebook.

The future of Oculus Rift seemed a bit wobbly a year ago when founder Palmer Luckey got into hot water for his political stances. Facebook also showed off creating artwork, playing games, listening to music and watching 360 videos in VR.

Facebook Spaces allows you to connect with friends inside and outside of VR with Messenger video calling, draw freeform objects in 3D, share media together, and more. Control Your Experience We want Facebook Spaces to be a comfortable place for everyone.

Considering Facebook's software is in beta, and Revive hasn't been optimised for this particular app, this is a promising start and should only improve from here.

Naturally, avatars can be customized to one's liking, and then put to use at "parties" - where up to eight users can engage in virtual socializing - as well in more private "rooms".

[Photo: courtesy of Facebook] There are numerous social VR experiences that have already launched. Facebook said it's only just beginning to scratch the surface of what's possible with Facebook Spaces.